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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
July 22, 2014

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: July 22, 2014. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Helping companies get more from big, unstructured data, Actian has unveiled the Actian Analytics Platform - Hadoop SQL Edition. In addition, as a result of a partnership with Logi Analytics, the Actian Analytics Platform combines with Logi Info to offer customers a comprehensive analytics platform to connect, visualize, analyze and act on big data.

Attunity is offering a free trial of Attunity CloudBeam for Amazon Redshift, its cloud data loading solution, on AWS Marketplace. The solution, which is designed for simplicity and speed to enable fast and easy data loading into Amazon Redshift, also includes a Self-Service option that includes Easy-to-Use Guides to configure Attunity and get data moving.

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been designed to deliver extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity. The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 expecially suited for a number of large scale enterprise scenarios, said Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle. "It is an ideal platform for hosting memory-intensive workloads such as the Oracle Database In-Memory option."

Expanding its array of backup appliances, Dell has added the Dell DL1000, an AppAssure-powered purpose-built backup appliance optimized for use by SMBs and MSPs; and the Dell DR2000v, a software-based virtual deduplication appliance optimized for use in remote office and branch office (ROBO) settings; and made enhancements to the the company's flagship AppAssure data protection software solution.

Addressing the market for lower raw capacity all-flash offerings, Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays, has added four new Windows Flash Array (WFA) configurations, and a flexible pricing model that enables customers to align storage investment with capacity as it is consumed.

Think About It

Many database administrators now feel that the best way to preserve database reliability may be to take over the job of backing up their own databases. Just as end users are happier when they can do their own password resets or restore an accidentally deleted file, DBAs want greater control over their backups, restores and recoveries, and also the peace of mind of knowing that it is done to their standards. The key to making this work is integrating database applications with purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs).